Letter: Keep religion out of the classroom

Religion of any kind should not be taught in schools.

As a tax-paying atheist I resent paying towards the perpetuation of fairy stories. It will not be long before Creationism is being taught instead of real science in all schools.

Malthus (via website).

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4:24pm Fri 13 Apr 12

ToffeeGuy says...

Dream on. The only way people can be indoctrinated into religion is to get them young whilst at school.

If people were left to make their own decision in later life they wouldn't believe.

Never is the Jesuit maxim more true "Give me a child for for his first seven years and I'll give you someone who is brainwashed for the rest of their lives". Or something like that.
Dream on. The only way people can be indoctrinated into religion is to get them young whilst at school. If people were left to make their own decision in later life they wouldn't believe. Never is the Jesuit maxim more true "Give me a child for for his first seven years and I'll give you someone who is brainwashed for the rest of their lives". Or something like that. ToffeeGuy

1:43am Sat 14 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Religion is taught in schools to ensure that our kids understand and respect other's beliefs.
That includes atheism and agnosticism.
Not many children who aren't born into a religiously fanatical family will ever take a theological career path.
Religion is taught in schools to ensure that our kids understand and respect other's beliefs. That includes atheism and agnosticism. Not many children who aren't born into a religiously fanatical family will ever take a theological career path. louderfasterlonger

4:36pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Ken Shuffles says...

You call it a path. ?
You call it a path. ? Ken Shuffles

6:57am Sun 15 Apr 12

Excluded again says...

There is nothing wrong with teaching about different religions in the classroom. This enables kids to understand the main belief systems of people around the world and comapre them. And such teaching ought to include atheist and humanist belief systems.

Teaching children that one religion is right is indoctrination and shoudl not be allowed in state funded schools. It is like having Labour, Liberal and Tory party schools.
There is nothing wrong with teaching about different religions in the classroom. This enables kids to understand the main belief systems of people around the world and comapre them. And such teaching ought to include atheist and humanist belief systems. Teaching children that one religion is right is indoctrination and shoudl not be allowed in state funded schools. It is like having Labour, Liberal and Tory party schools. Excluded again

11:34am Sun 15 Apr 12

switchedon says...

I totally disagree . We are in the main a Christian country and this is what should be taught in schools, Sadly this is often put behind islam for some reason .
I totally disagree . We are in the main a Christian country and this is what should be taught in schools, Sadly this is often put behind islam for some reason . switchedon

1:17pm Sun 15 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

switchedon wrote:
I totally disagree . We are in the main a Christian country and this is what should be taught in schools, Sadly this is often put behind islam for some reason .
We are also in Britain, should the curriculum for Geography only include our fair isles ?
You have very insular vision !
[quote][p][bold]switchedon[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree . We are in the main a Christian country and this is what should be taught in schools, Sadly this is often put behind islam for some reason .[/p][/quote]We are also in Britain, should the curriculum for Geography only include our fair isles ? You have very insular vision ! louderfasterlonger

2:21pm Mon 16 Apr 12

woolywords says...

For the life of me, I cannot understand why religeon is taught in ANY school, when all it does is inculcate the educated into bigotry.
I went to a CofE school, where we were taught how the Roman Catholic's had used Latin to control education of the masses for centuries until Martin Luther rebelled and translated tracts of the Bible into common vernacular. That was early 16 Century and yet here we are allowing a book that teaches people to lie, cheat and kill into our schools. Anytime that they are challenged upon these words we are told that we are translating it wrong, yet our translators are eminent scholars of thier schools, colleges and universities. It creates in any child a deluded feeling of power over another fellow human being, and that, in of itself, is no way to raise any child.

For my part, I played the religeon card to get my children educated at an RC school/college since it offered the best education for them but neither of them were coerced into following the dogma that they were taught. In fact, if anything, it made them more aware of the differences between the two that still existed.

We should follow the American model and keep religeon out of schools unless they are specifically designated as so. Along with a separation of Church and State in Government, that allows for those that are in holy orders to seek changes to legislation on a level playing field with the rest of us.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why religeon is taught in ANY school, when all it does is inculcate the educated into bigotry. I went to a CofE school, where we were taught how the Roman Catholic's had used Latin to control education of the masses for centuries until Martin Luther rebelled and translated tracts of the Bible into common vernacular. That was early 16 Century and yet here we are allowing a book that teaches people to lie, cheat and kill into our schools. Anytime that they are challenged upon these words we are told that we are translating it wrong, yet our translators are eminent scholars of thier schools, colleges and universities. It creates in any child a deluded feeling of power over another fellow human being, and that, in of itself, is no way to raise any child. For my part, I played the religeon card to get my children educated at an RC school/college since it offered the best education for them but neither of them were coerced into following the dogma that they were taught. In fact, if anything, it made them more aware of the differences between the two that still existed. We should follow the American model and keep religeon out of schools unless they are specifically designated as so. Along with a separation of Church and State in Government, that allows for those that are in holy orders to seek changes to legislation on a level playing field with the rest of us. woolywords

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